Tennis – Champion Djokovic breezes through at Paris Masters

World number one Novak Djokovic began his Paris Masters title defence with a routine 6-3 6-4 win over German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round on Tuesday.

The top seed, who had a first-round bye, next faces 13th-seeded American John Isner or Frenchman Gael Monfils for a place in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic, who is in a race with Roger Federer to end the season on top of the rankings, quickly opened a 3-0 lead playing some aggressive tennis at the Bercy arena.

Kohlschreiber pulled a break back but his opponent held firm to bag the opening set with a service winner.

Djokovic then broke in the first game of the second set as the German struggled to focus.

Kohlschreiber produced a series of beautiful backhand winners but could still not manage to unsettle the Serb.

Djokovic, who became a father for the first time last week, wrapped up victory on his first match point.

The Paris Masters will decide who travels to London next month for the ATP World Tour Finals with Djokovic, Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka and Marin Cilic already qualified.

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RACE TO LONDON:

1. Novak Djokovic 9010 – qualified

2. Roger Federer 8520 – qualified

3. Rafa Nadal* 6835

4. Stanislas Wawrinka 4805 – qualified

5. Andy Murray 4295

6. Kei Nishikori 4265

7. Marin Cilic** 4150 – qualified

8. Tomas Berdych 4105

9. David Ferrer 3865

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10 Milos Raonic 3840

11 Grigor Dimitrov 3555

* Nadal has withdrawn due to appendicitis

** Cilic qualifies as U.S. Open champion

Results on Tuesday:

Round 2

1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-3 6-4

14-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 6-4 7-6(8)

Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat 15-Gilles Simon (France) 6-3 3-6 6-4

Round 1

Lucas Pouille (France) beat Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-1 6-4

Gael Monfils (France) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-1 6-4

David Goffin (Belgium) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-3

Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-3 4-6 7-6(5)

Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Kenny De Schepper (France) 7-6(5) 7-6(4)

Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) beat Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 7-6(3) 1-0 (Mayer retired)

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